For the Business of Football - Inside World Football Thu, 28 May 2015 19:18:33 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Blatter pledges to put FIFA right, Platini promises FBI help FIFA Congress openingBy Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 28 - A defiant Sepp Blatter opened arguably the most tension-filled congress of his 17 years in charge of FIFA with a rallying cry clearly designed to sway any wavering voters his way after a tumultuous 48 hours in the history or world football's governing body.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Thu, 28 May 2015 18:43:29 +0100
New boy Gill says he won't come out to play if Blatter re-elected David Gill2By Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 28 - Britain's incoming FIFA vice-president David Gill will refuse to take up his new position if Sepp Blatter is re-elected FIFA president on Friday in the latest startling development to envelop world football's governing body.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Thu, 28 May 2015 19:15:53 +0100
CONCACAF put the wheels back on and call for FIFA elections to go-ahead Alfredo HawitBy Paul Nicholson in Zurich
May 28 - CONCACAF have said that they want the election for FIFA president to go ahead tomorrow, and have set up their own Special Committee to manage the affairs of the confederation after the tumultuous events of yesterday that saw their president Jeffrey Webb and Costa Rican president and newly elected FIFA executive member Eduardo Li  arrested in their Zurich hotels by Swiss police.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Concacaf News Football Americas World Football News Thu, 28 May 2015 15:45:54 +0100
Revolving doors and missed appointments stall FIFA politicking FIFA signageBy Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 28 - In the face of the worst crisis to hit FIFA under his leadership, Sepp Blatter called a meeting of his emergency committee today and came face to face with his nemesis, UEFA boss Michel Platini.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Thu, 28 May 2015 14:44:33 +0100
Exclusive: Africa backs Blatter, a vote against would be 'blasphemy' Manuel Nascimento LopesBy Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 28 - Western-led calls for Sepp Blatter to resign as FIFA president in the wake of the gravest corruption crisis to hit his organisation were described today as "blasphemy" by one of Africa's federation presidents who said his continent was more firmly behind the veteran Swiss than ever.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Thu, 28 May 2015 12:06:57 +0100
Greek match-fixing crisis escalates with 41 now charged Vangelis MarinakisBy Mark Baber
May 28 - The match-fixing crisis in Greek football rumbles on with a further six players facing additional charges (making a total of 41 players, managers and referees to date), with the owner of Olympiakos being questioned and the vice-president of the Central Refereeing Committee resigning.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 28 May 2015 16:13:53 +0100
Sponsors pile pressure on FIFA to clean-up its act visa and fifaBy Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 28 - Visa has issued the most critical statement yet from any major World Cup sponsor in response to the spate of arrests of past and present FIFA officials on racketeering and bribery charges that have made worldwide headlines.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Thu, 28 May 2015 09:42:24 +0100
Blatter backs investigations as UEFA move in for the kill and threaten pull out Sepp Blatter 16By Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 28 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has broken his silence over the stunning corruption claims that have sent shockwaves through the sport by claiming that he personally welcomed efforts taken to clean up the sport.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Thu, 28 May 2015 02:28:20 +0100
US law enforcers lay bare web of deceit and corruption in Americas loretta lynchBy Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 28 - Accusing FIFA of indulging for two generations in a "World Cup of Fraud", US justice authorities today laid bare the full and sensational extent of corruption at the heart of football's world governing body in the Americas. Those indicted by the US authorities are accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m over a 24-year period.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Thu, 28 May 2015 02:01:18 +0100
KV Mechelen could complete their rebuild with Europa Cup ticket KV MechelenBy Samindra Kunti
May 28 - Belgian club KV Mechelen are gunning for European qualification again as they take on Charleroi in the playoffs. A refurbished stadium must revive a club that went nearly bankrupt in 2003.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 28 May 2015 12:14:26 +0100
No warning of FIFA bombshells, but 'no surprise' either as Congress goes on Fifa-007By Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 27 - Neither FIFA president Sepp Blatter nor his number two Jerome Valcke are implicated in either of the corruption cases that have plunged world football's governing body into fresh crisis just 48 hours from its presidential election.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured FIFA News Wed, 27 May 2015 14:09:25 +0100
US prosecutor reveals names and charges as it chases down tax dollars US dept of justiceBy Paul Nicholson in Zurich
May 27 - More details surrounding the seven arrests in Zurich this morning have been releasesd by US law authorities who have stepped up their assault on CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, its executives and associated marketing parties. The information details the nine FIFA officials and five company executives who have been "indicted for racketeering, conspiracy and corruption".]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Wed, 27 May 2015 14:28:30 +0100
Zurich arrests and Swiss World Cup probe turn FIFA Congress into mayhem FIFA signageBy Andrew Warshaw and Paul Nicholson in Zurich
May 27 – Dawn raids at a Zurich hotel have plunged FIFA into crisis with the reported arrest of six officials by Swiss law enforcement authorities. No sooner had news of the arrests been made than FIFA was hit by a second bombshell within a few hours when the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) announced it has opened criminal proceedings in connection with the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups "against persons unknown on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and money laundering".]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Wed, 27 May 2015 10:51:09 +0100
World Cup tickets sales boom as women ready for Canadian showcase 2570 canada 2015 womens world cup-primary-2015By Paul Nicholson in Zurich
May 27 – The FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 that kicks off in Canada in 12 days time is poised to break ticket sales records and fulfill predictions that this will be the breakthrough competition that unequivocally establishes the women's game in world football.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured World Football News Wed, 27 May 2015 09:29:23 +0100
Musical hotels as presidential candidates begin the confederation dance Fifa-007By Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 26 - You know instinctively when battle lines start to be drawn for FIFA presidential elections. A raft of media organisations camp outside the various confederation hotels keen to pick up any gossip in terms of how the ballot is likely to play out and any late tactical changes of allegiance.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured Qatar 2022 World Cup News Wed, 27 May 2015 12:02:57 +0100
World Cup finals should stay at 32 places, says Webb JeffreyWebb-052312B1By Andrew Warshaw in Zurich
May 27 – Before his dramatic and surprise detention at the hands of Swiss law enforcement officers early this morning, it was business as usual for CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, and high on the agenda was World Cup representation and the number of nations qualifying for the finals. Webb, who has consistently campaigned for more World Cup representation for his Continent, says increasing the finals from its present 32-team format is not the best way to go about it.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured World Cup News Wed, 27 May 2015 11:34:34 +0100
Pirelli chief warns Inter Milan they could lose sponsorship inter milan home away shirt promo 2013 14 nike sjpBy Mark Baber
May 27 - Pirelli president Marco Tronchetti Provera has delivered a warning to Inter Milan, saying that his company's sponsorship of the team, which expires in 2016, doesn't make sense without winning cups and without European football.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured Europe World Football News Wed, 27 May 2015 13:35:19 +0100
Football League loses Capital One but Sky Bet stakes its claim skybet logoBy Mark Baber
May 27 - The Football League has outlined its plans for title sponsorship of the League and League Cup, officially confirming Capital One will no longer be sponsoring the League Cup, whilst negotiations continue over title sponsorship of the Football League – with Sky Bet very much in the frame.
In a statement on its official web site the Football League confirmed Sky Bet will continue as title sponsor of the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League 1 and Sky Bet League 2 for season 2015/16, the company's third as title sponsor.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured England World Cup News Wed, 27 May 2015 12:13:24 +0100
Ebola-free Liberia to host international football again Illustration Liberia Onze 020612By Mark Baber
May 26 - Liberia have been given the go ahead by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to play international matches on home soil following the 9 May declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that the country is officially "Ebola Free."]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured Africa World Football News Tue, 26 May 2015 18:31:46 +0100
Norwich City win promotion through the world’s most valuable game. 07-fans 3317210bBy Mark Baber
May 26 - Two first half goals within three minutes, scored by Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond, ensured that Norwich City beat Middlesbrough in the "£120 million" Wembley Championship play-off final – just a year after suffering the shock of relegation.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured England World Cup News Tue, 26 May 2015 12:57:31 +0100
Platini turns the election personal with stunning attack on Blatter Michel Platini11By Andrew Warshaw
May 26 - Michel Platini has launched arguably his most strongly-worded attack on Sepp Blatter's FIFA tenure with a remarkable outburst, including accusing the veteran Swiss of lying about standing again, that has cranked up the tension and divisions ahead of Friday's presidential election.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Tue, 26 May 2015 08:07:16 +0100